Hometown/State: Marshville, North Carolina
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2010
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Dowdy Student Stores EC Scholars Award
Major/Intended Major: Multidisciplinary Studies with a concentration in International Studies/Religious Studies
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?
I chose to come to ECU because I felt like the professors and other people working here really cared about the students on a more personal level. They all seemed like they really wanted to know and help you on an individual level. Since being here, I have found this to be true, and I really appreciate knowing that I can talk to my professors and the director of our program if I need anything, and I feel like they really care about my well being. It truly is a large school with the community feeling of a small school.
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
With the financial burden of college lifted, I have been able to focus more on my studies and I am able to become involved in other activities. I volunteer at the Little Willie center which is a program that mentors and tutors underprivileged youth. Also, I have been able to get involved in other ways such as intramural soccer, and leadership groups.
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?
While I have not been able to pursue any research opportunities yet, it does appear that there will be some available. I want to travel abroad, and I think that is where I will most likely do research because it will closely relate to my major.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
Through the classes we are required to take, we have been introduced to many organizations throughout the university, and potential opportunities for leadership. One organization in particular, The Rising Leaders Circle, which I am a part of, will be beneficial. The Rising Leaders Circle is one of the main leadership organizations on campus and I am learning leadership skills and more aware of service options.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
I hope to travel to different parts of the world, and help the people in those respective countries. I am not sure how I want this to happen, either through humanitarian work or through diplomacy of some kind, but whichever way I want to try and remember to stay in touch with the culture and values of the people who I am helping.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
I feel that I have made a positive impact at East Carolina University by becoming involved in different service activities in the community. I volunteer at Golden Living assisted living and the Little Willie Center as mentioned above.